5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.
At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?
VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.
Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?
VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.
The full Divergent Press Conference from Comic Con 2013 has been released by ClevverTV!
The press interviews are broken up into two parts. Part One features Zoe Kravitz, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ansel Elgort, Amy Newbold, Christian Madsen, Maggie Q, Ben Lamb, Mekhi Phifer and Miles Teller while Part Two features Veronica Roth, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, and Neil Burger!
Photographer Michael Durr recently posted several set photos of the Dauntless initiates training along with a video of one scene being filmed! The filming took place at the corner of Lake and Canal Streets in Chicago over the past couple days.
You can see all of Michael’s still photos from the set on his website.
We have three new additions to the cast of the Divergent movie, which was announced on the Divergent Facebook page! You may not know who these guys are now, but no doubt you will as we endeavor to give you as much information on the filming and people involved.
Christian Madsen “Al”
Not that I’m actually complaining, but Christian Madsen is certainly a lot more handsome than I’d imagined Al to be. This 23-year-old actor is still fairly new to Hollywood, however, he is the son of actor Michael Madsen, and has been in a handful of films with his dad. His part as Al will probably be his biggest role to date.
Ben Lamb “Edward”
Ben Lamb can currently be seen as Anthony Rivers on the BBC drama The White Queen, and is also a stage actor. There is no age stated on his IMDB page, but I would guess him to be around his mid-20s.
Ben Lloyd-Hughes “Will”
Another British actor, 24-year-old Ben Lloyd-Hughes has been on several UK TV shows, including Skins, Personal Affairs, and Young James Herriott. He comes from a family of actors, including his brother Henry Lloyd-Hughes, who had a part in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Obviously, you can see that the actors cast are several years older than the characters they will be playing. Considering the depth of maturity the characters are in the books, it makes sense that they would want to find actors that are able to convey the emotion and attitude correctly, and sometimes that means hiring older. However, it’s not surprise that older actors are cast for such parts. I shouldn’t be, but I am rather a bit surprised at how good looking the cast seems to be so far. It would be interesting to see them give the characters the proper attitude they are meant to have.